Embassy of Sweden in Kampala

Embassy of Sweden in Kampala

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Merry Christmas (eve)!

In Sweden, Christmas is celebrated on 24 December, Christmas eve. It is a time when Swedish families come together, much like here in Uganda. It is usually the main family event of the year, with much discussion about where to celebrate it every year.

As we come together to be with our loved ones, let us all remember to keep each other safe by getting vaccinated as soon as possible. With the rise of more transmissible variants, it is important to protect your loved ones by wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance if you can and to follow the government's SOPs if we are to curb the spread of COVID19.

You can read more about traditional Swedish Christmas on the link below:

https://sweden.se/culture/celebrations/christmas
For the 23rd consecutive year, the Kinnevik Christmas Tree shines bright over the Old City in Stockholm. The first time The Kinnevik Tree lit up the heart of Stockholm was back in 1996, after Jan Stenbeck decided to bring some of the US extravaganza to #Sweden's capital.

The tree, inspired by the one at Rockefeller Plaza in New York, is a 40m high sculpture of branches mounted to a more-than-century old spruce trunk. On top, the 4m high “Star of the Millennium” is shining – the official symbol for Stockholm in 2000.

Photo credit: Daniel Johansson Århem
Do you work to strengthen democracy and human rights? Do you use media or the arts as a means to bring about change? Creative Force funds international projects of this kind.

Ugandan organizations who would like to benefit from this opportunity must partner with a Swedish organization to be eligible for funding. The application deadline is 31 January 2022.

For more information and to apply, please visit the link below:

https://si.se/en/apply/funding-grants/creative-force/
Last week, as part of the #16Days of activism to fight against gender based violence, the Embassy of #Sweden joined UN Women, the Austrian Development Agency and the EU Delegation to hand over materials that would help the Government respond to and fight gender based violence in #Uganda. The items were handed over to the Ministry of Health- Uganda and other government agencies.

The Uganda Police Force, Judiciary Uganda and Uganda Bureau of Statistics are key in the prevention and response to sexual and gender based violence in Uganda. Some of the items handed over include biosafe fridges and mobile court recording devices, that will support the work of these institutions.
Today in #Sweden, we celebrate #SanktaLucia, a holiday that comes during the darkest time of winter. It is one of the most important Swedish traditions where processions of white-clad Lucias and their followers bear candles and sing songs.

Families and communities usually gather together to watch children’s Lucia processions and sing traditional Lucia songs. This year, due to the #COVID19 pandemic and related restrictions, we chose to have a small celebration at the Ambassador's residence over the weekend.

You can also celebrate this day with us by watching our Lucia 2020 virtual procession put together by the Swedish Institute on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Epts6skGG80

We wish you all a joyous holiday season and hope for a better 2022. Remember to stay safe and healthy!

#Lucia2021
This week, our Ambassador visited the office & workshop of Skenya Motors, the authorized distributor of Scania Group in Uganda. She was pleased to hear about their investments in Uganda and their planned expansion.

Skenya Motors hold the franchise for Scania trucks, buses and spare parts in Uganda. They are located on 24901 Luzira Commercial Park and maintain a modern workshop with trained mechanics and original spare parts to ensure quality service to their clients.

For more details, visit their website: https://www.scania.com/world/#/sales-region/UG
Today the Embassy joined Opm Uganda, World Food Programme and UNICEF Uganda to launch the #NutriCash project in West Nile. The project shall provide UGX 48,000 every month to children under 2 years and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers with the hope of boosting their nutrition needs.

At the launch, our focal point for social protection, Adam Kahsai Rudebeck, said "By improving the economic inclusion, nutrition & health status of women & children, we are creating opportunities for them to become more resilient to future shocks thus improving their lives. This is part of #Sweden’s overall objective for our development support. This is a long-term investment in protecting women & children and a show of solidarity with the most vulnerable during a time when they need it most."

Sarah Mateke Nyirabash*tsi, Minister of State for Youth & Children Affairs said, "Today we celebrate a milestone in Social Protection programming. Investing in young children is investing in the nation's future."

Here are a few pictures from the launch.

#NutriCash
#TowardsZeroHunger
#LeaveNoOneBehind
The effects of #ClimateChange are unavoidable. And the communities who are the most affected continue to be the least prepared to adapt. But mobile and digital technology can help create a more resilient future where communities not only survive climate shocks, but thrive in spite of them.

Are you a start-up leveraging digital technology to deliver climate #resilience and #adaptation solutions with socio-economic and commercial impact to low-income and vulnerable populations? Apply for the latest #GSMAInnovationFund now on the link below:

https://bit.ly/3qhIISJ

Funded by #Sweden and #UKAid.

Välkommen till Sveriges ambassad i Kampala! Welcome to the Embassy of Sweden in Kampala! Thank you for visiting our Facebook profile, we will use this page to post links and events relevant to Swedish-Ugandan relations.

The Swedish presence in Uganda dates back to 1995 when a small development office was opened. It became a fully fledged Embassy in 2001. Over the years, the Swedish-Ugandan relations have developed and strengthened, building not the least on the long standing people to people contacts between the two states. Messages/posts will not be replied to via Facebook. If you wish to contact the Embassy or

Operating as usual

12/05/2022

The Swedish Migration Agency has been given a mission from the Swedish government to increase detection of gender-based violence and other forms of violence among migrants. By doing so, the Swedish Migration Agency contributes to the United Nation’s Sustainable development goals, Agenda 2030.

In Sweden it is illegal to use any kind of violence against others, also within the family. Violence against children is also illegal. Children who see family members being exposed to violence are victims of crime.

We encourage all victims of violence to report to the Swedish police or your local authorities.

08/05/2022

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Photo credits: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

06/05/2022

On Monday 9 May, the Embassy shall join Makerere University together with Gulu university, Busitema University, Kyambogo University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology-Official to celebrate over 2 decades of Sweden-Uganda research cooperation.

The celebration shall bring together researchers from all the Universities to showcase their work at an international research and innovation dissemination conference, to be held at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

To read more about our event program and presentations, or if you would like to register to be a part of this conference, visit the link below.

https://ugaswe2022.mak.ac.ug/

#UgSweConf2022

05/05/2022

Today is the International Day of the Midwife. The Embassy of #Sweden joins UNFPA Uganda, Ministry of Health- Uganda, European Union in Uganda and the rest of the world to recognise the important role midwives play in maternal & child health.

Each year, Sweden contributes to training thousands of midwives resulting in millions of safer births. If every birth were attended by a trained midwife, the lives of around 8 000 newborns and 800 mothers could be saved every day. Midwives support mothers and couples before, during and after childbirth. They inspire couples to share the responsibilities related to childbirth and provide emotional support to parents. They also share information and distribute contraceptives which let women and their partners make informed family planning decisions.

Investing in midwives is not only a health issue but also a gender and human rights issue. Evidence shows that it is possible to avert more than 80 per cent of all maternal deaths, stillbirths and neonatal deaths if there are enough midwives educated according to international standards. Through our support to UNFPA in Uganda, a total of 584 midwives have been trained in gender-based violence and adolescent health in order to be able to integrate these areas into midwifery services.

“We must continue our joint work to improve Uganda’s health indicators by ensuring that midwives across the country are educated, competent and motivated to carry out their work and facilitate access to sexual and reproductive health-care services. Strengthening midwifery is also an important step towards implementing and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by promoting gender equality, contributing to economic development, and ensuring good health and well-being.” – Maria Håkansson, Sweden’s Ambassador to Uganda.

#IDM2021 #Midwives4All

03/05/2022

Today is #WorldPressFreedom Day!

#Pressfreedom is a must to ensure transparency and accountability. Journalists and other media workers play an instrumental role in providing information on matters of public interest.

Oppression of journalists is never acceptable and suppression of free media has no place in a democratic society.

According to the internationally recognised organisation Reporters Without Borders, #Uganda is ranked 132 out of 180 surveyed countries globally in the #WorldPressFreedomIndex2022. Sweden strongly supports the ideals of free media, respect for the right to freedom of expression and fighting #disinformation, and shall continue to advocate for these in Uganda and around the world.

#DriveForDemocracy #DemocracyTalks

02/05/2022

The Embassy of #Sweden in Kampala wishes you a wonderful Eid al-Fitr holiday!

#eidalfitr

Credits: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

Stockholm, 1972 - When Environmental Protection was Born (short version) 02/05/2022

Stockholm, 1972 - When Environmental Protection was Born (short version)

One month left to Stockholm+50! Let’s begin by looking back to 1972, when the first UN Conference on the Human Environment was held in Stockholm.

On 2–3 June, Stockholm+50 will be held in Sweden to chart the course towards a green and fair future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5s4OWSf2kQ

#Stockholm50

Stockholm, 1972 - When Environmental Protection was Born (short version) The Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was made in 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden, resulting in what is often seen as the the f...

Photos from Embassy of Sweden in Kampala's post 29/04/2022

Yesterday, the Embassy together with UNFPA and Ministry of Health hosted a dialogue between midwives and parliamentarians followed by an award ceremony for the best midwives in Uganda in 2022.

A total of 15 midwives were awarded, one from each subregion of Uganda. During the dialogue, the midwives shared their challenges with the Members of Parliament present, who promised to continue to advocate for a better working environment for midwives.

“In #Uganda there is 1 midwife for 382 mothers, giving midwives a heavy workload. The Government of Uganda needs to increase funding as midwives need specialised training,” said Beatrice Amuge, the Commissioner for Nursing and Midwives at the Ministry of Health.

Our Ambassador said, “Covid19 and lockdowns led to an increase in unwanted pregnancies, teen pregnancies, unsafe abortions and limited the access to SRHR services. We recognise the important work performed by midwives, especially since access to a midwife significantly reduces maternal and newborn deaths in Uganda.”

Here are a few pictures from yesterdays colourful event.

#Midwives4All

Photos from Embassy of Sweden in Kampala's post 26/04/2022

#Sweden together with other partners supports the Refugee Law Project through UN Women to enroll refugees in the English for Adults project. The project takes refugees through English language lessons so that they can communicate their needs better with host communities and advocate for better services within the settlements.

In 2020, Molly Ajonye successfully graduated from the English for Adults program. She dropped out of school in Primary 3 and has 4 children. Since she completed the program, she has gained confidence which has encouraged her husband to also enroll in the program.

"Sometimes in the past, we had language challenges with the host community, but now with EFA we can communicate with them. We have a very good relationship and peaceful coexistence with the host community here."

She added, "I translate for my community members, with NGOs. Now that I have English, I want to become a community leader. I know how to manage the community; I have the skills. The next election is next year, and I will be there."

Sweden's support in #Uganda aims at supporting vulnerable people, including both refugee and host communities. We join hands with UN Women to ensure that we #LeaveNoOneBehind.

Photos from UEGCL's post 26/04/2022

Yesterday, we joined UEGCL and the Internation Council of Swedish Industry to host a floating solar seminar today. Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Energy, CREEC-Makerere, and the Ministry of Water and Environment among others.

#Sweden’s engagement in floating solar in #Uganda includes the funding of a capacity building program for the sector, the funding of a feasibility study including a pilot project and a training on stimulating investment in renewable energy in Uganda.

“We are proud of our engagement with Uganda’s energy sector. We hope to continue our collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and hope that these discussions shall lead to the development of a viable floating solar project in Uganda,” said our Ambassador, Maria Håkansson.

19/04/2022

Interested in Sweden as your future study destination?

Join the Study in Sweden Virtual Fair and get all your questions answered by more than 18 Swedish universities!

To register for this webinar, please visit the link below:

https://studyinsweden.events/europe/External

17/04/2022

Happy Easter!

Did you know that in some parts of Sweden (especially in Skåne), on Easter, the community competes by rolling painted eggs down a hill. The person (or family) whose eggs reach the furthest unbroken, are the obvious winners.

The game is known as "äggarullning" (egg rolling).

Strange huh? 😀

Photo Credit: Jenny Drakenlind/Johnér/imagebank.sweden.se

15/04/2022

Swedish word of the day: Påskris

Påskris are twigs that Swedes decorate with coloured feathers and use as decorations especially around Easter. This tradition actually comes from the old usage of the feather decorated twigs from the 19th century, purportedly to hasten spring.

Some claim that these twigs were used to whip others in memory of how Jesus suffered for our sins. We definitely advise against this though...

Image Credit: Lola Akinmade Åkerström/imagebank.sweden.se

14/04/2022

Today the Embassy says goodbye to our colleague, Maureen Nahwera, who has been working as our Senior Governance Advisor.

Maureen has been a pillar at the Embassy and is one of our long serving employees. Her presence will be truly missed.

Join us as we say goodbye to her as she continues to grow her career elsewhere.

14/04/2022

Happy Easter Thursday!

Did you know that today (Maundy Thursday) children in Sweden dress up as colourful Easter witches. The children knock on doors to wish residents Happy Easter and get some sweets in exchange for homemade Easter cards.

This is a tradition that stretches back to the 19th century and is built on the old popular belief of witches.

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Photo Credit: Jenny Drakenlind/Johnér/imagebank.sweden.se

13/04/2022

As Sweden's support to research in Uganda comes to a close, we interviewed Dr. Grace Kobusinge on how Uganda's health systems can benefit from the research conducted so far.

"In Uganda, each medical facility keeps its own patient's records and uses their own systems, that do not talk to each other. Uganda would benefit from my research by looking at local systems that can talk to each other and thereby have a complete set of information about the patient when they are seeking healthcare."

You can read the full interview with her on the link below.

https://www.swedenabroad.se/en/embassies/uganda-kampala/current/news/how-ugandas-health-systems-can-benefit-from-swedens-support-to-research/

Photos from Embassy of Sweden in Kampala's post 12/04/2022

Today the Embassy joined UNICEF Uganda on a field visit to schools in Nansana Municipality. The team included our Ambassador and the UNICEF Country Representative and we were joined by the Deputy Mayor, the Town Clerk and the Education Commissioner from the Ministry of Education and Sports. Discussions were held on the challenges faced by learners especially after the reopening of schools in #Uganda.

#Sweden provides flexible funding to UNICEF Uganda to help schools and early childhood centres reopen safely. Our support has also been used to strengthen policies to enable vulnerable learners, including teenage mothers, to access both primary and secondary education.

With approximately 150 students, AK Islamic Early Childhood Development Centre works with caregivers, even during the holidays, to continue learning for students who need it. “The Covid19 pandemic has enabled us to build structures where school based caregivers go deeper into communities so as to reach parents at home for home based support for learning. UNICEF Uganda had supported the training of caregivers with funding from Sweden.” - Hajji Ntumwa Nubu, AK Islamic ECD Centre.

The team also visited Kanyange Primary School, whose student enrolment has increased after the reopening of schools. With 7 children sharing a desk and only 15 teachers for the 900 students at the school, UNICEF has decided to support learning at their school as well.

#LeaveNoOneBehind

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